Warning that the past century’s heedless resource consumption had left the world at an uncertain crossroads, senior United Nations officials and government leaders today challenged the international community to define and urgently implement a practical, twenty-first century development model that could “connect the dots between the key issues of our time” — climate change, population growth, poverty and environmental stress — and build a resilient, sustainable future.

“We are reaching the limits of our planet’s carrying capacity [and] urgently need a new development paradigm,” declared General Assembly President Joseph Deiss, as he opened the world body’s first interactive dialogue with members...

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